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The Other Boleyn Girl

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Amazing!!

I loved it. Great cast, great story and great costumes. IT was great to see this true story presented so vividly and so well. I highly recomend watching it. It never got dull for me to watch. When it was over I wanted to watch it again.

posted by jenn89 on October 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

The movie is not as good as the book...

The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory, was an amazing book. However, this movie based on the novel was disappointing.
Maybe it's because I know so much about the history of the Boleyn girls with Henry VIII that I am not too fond of this movie. Half of the facts ...
The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory, was an amazing book. However, this movie based on the novel was disappointing.
Maybe it's because I know so much about the history of the Boleyn girls with Henry VIII that I am not too fond of this movie. Half of the facts in the movie are incorrect, or at least incorrectly portrayed.
I know that most people don't purchase a movie because of it's historical correctness. But if you have read, and enjoyed, the book, then do not buy this movie. The discrepancies between the movie and the book are enormous, bigger than most. The movie follows Anne's pursuit of the king more than it does Mary's life and Mary's side of the story, which is what the book is all about. There is no portrayal whatsoever of the love between Mary and William Stafford, and the movie completely ignores the fact that Mary had a daughter as well as a son. Most of the information about Mary, and Mary's pursuit of, then avoidance of, the king are altogether ignored. The movie is so very different from the book that had I not already owned and read the book, I would have thought it a mere coincidence that both the movie and the book shared the same name.
The actors did a very good job. They all played their parts wonderfully and each seemed to meld with their characters. Natalie Portman played a beautiful and manipulative Anne Boleyn, and Scarlett Johansson was interesting to watch in her portrayal of Mary. The costumes were also very well adapted to the period and accurate. Had the cast been different, I think this movie would have tanked and been forgotten quickly, something an actor would leave off their resumes. But all these actors pulled this movie together wonderfully, to the point where I am almost willing to overlook aforementioned enormous discrepancies.
I applaud the cast, but not the script writers.

posted by L2TA on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Even though it can't hold a candle to the book...

    I enjoyed every minute of this movie. It was so very seductive. If I hadn't previously read the book and been aquainted with the story, it might not have made much sense. Honestly Just how many hours long would this movie need to be to capture the true story?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    As many have purported, the book is definitely better. I read the book before viewing the movie. The movie does not give the title justice. Read the book - 5 stars.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    recommended

    the movie is not nearly as good as the book but it is still a movie that i recommend. the book has so much more beautiful detail that if they were to get it all into the movie the movie would have to be like 24 hours long!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

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    Hm

    Well, I wouldn't say this movie was the best, but it didn't go by the original book which I can't say is a good or bad thing. At least in the movie, Mary wasn't so...well...--anyways, I guess it's good enough. I'm glad they left out a lot of details--but some, the movie shouldn't have. Such as the secret marriage with Mary and William Stafford and the death of William Carey.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Different Aspect to Henry's Boleyn.

    This was a different aspect to the demise of Anne Boleyn.
    Great costumes, set, interiors, Scarlett Johansson carried the day.

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